Does War Belong in Museums?

The Representation of Violence in Exhibitions

Presentations of war and violence in museums generally oscillate between the fascination of terror and its instruments and the didactic urge to explain violence and, by analysing it, make it easier to handle and prevent. The museums concerned also have to face up to these basic issues about the social and institutional handling of war and violence. Does war really belong in museums? And if it does, what objectives and means are involved? Can museums avoid trivializing and aestheticising war, transforming violence, injury, death and trauma into tourist sights? What images of shock or identification does one generate – and what images would be desirable?

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2013-02-27, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-2306-6

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Wolfgang Muchitsch

Wolfgang Muchitsch, Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH Graz, Österreich

Author(s)
Wolfgang Muchitsch (ed.)
Book title
Does War Belong in Museums? The Representation of Violence in Exhibitions
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
224
ISBN
978-3-8394-2306-6
DOI
Commodity Group
1581
BIC-Code
GM HBTB JFC
BISAC-Code
ART059000 HIS054000 SOC022000
THEMA-Code
GLZ NHTB JBCC
Release date
2013-02-27
Topics
Museum, Kulturgeschichte, Gewalt
Readership
Museum Studies, History
Keywords/Tags
Museum, War, Conflict, Exhibition, Violence, Cultural History, Museology, Memory Culture

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